UNICEF appealed for 2.8 billion dollars in aid Tuesday to assist 43 million children living in humanitarian crises worldwide, saying a large portion of the appeal would go towards funding education.
UNICEF said that one-fourth of the appeal will be used to educate children in emergencies raising the number of children living in humanitarian crises with access to schools from 4.9 million at the beginning of last year to 8.2 million this year.
The appeal aims to get 5 million Syrian children living in and outside the country into schools.
"Education is a life-saving measure for children, providing them with the opportunity to learn and play, amidst the carnage of gunfire and grenades," said Afshan Khan, UNICEF’s director of emergency programmes.
UNICEF noted that its current appeal is double what it was just three year ago. Today, one in nine children worldwide lives in a conflict zone.